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Wednesday, 19 September 2012 16:30

Alberta to discuss energy and trade at Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance Conference

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Highlighting Alberta’s role in U.S. energy security and its position as an important trading partner to the U.S. will be MLA Bridget Pastoor’s focus when she represents Alberta at the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance (Can/Am BTA) Conference, to be held September 23-25 in Washington, D.C.

Pastoor, MLA for Lethbridge-East, will participate in various sessions including custom and border protection as well as cross-border energy trade. She will also deliver Alberta’s perspective on the importance of the oil sands to the U.S.
“This conference is an excellent opportunity to connect with U.S. public and private leaders and offers a forum to address border trade issues,” said Pastoor. “Today, Canada accounts for 25 per cent of all U.S. oil imports. A majority of that oil comes from Alberta’s oil sands, which offer security of supply and a secure source of responsible oil to the U.S.”

Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance is a bi-national organization dedicated to improving the safe and efficient flow of people, goods and services across the Canada/U.S. border. Members of the Can/Am BTA include Canadian and U.S. business, private and public sector organizations and individuals involved in U.S./Canadian border trade and tourism. For more information on the conference or on Can/Am BTA, visit

Alberta is a crucial member of the alliance, said its President and CEO James Phillips, from Lewiston, New York.
“Alberta is a very important trade partner in North America and efficient trade corridors and policies are just critical to our continental economic and competitive standing in the global economy,” said Phillips.

The estimated cost of the mission, including accommodation, meals and travel for Pastoor is approximately $2,900.
Alberta’s active participation in cross-border organizations such as the Can/Am BTA is part of the Alberta government’s efforts to secure the province’s economic future.

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